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whiteface

[hwahyt-feys, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˌfeɪs, ˈwaɪt-/
noun
1.
a Hereford.
2.
Theater.
  1. a performer, as a clown, who appears in clown white.
  2. the white facial makeup used by such a performer.
Origin of whiteface
1700-1710
1700-10; white + face
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  • He liked whiteface and was happy in the knowledge that whiteface liked him.

    The Circus Comes to Town Lebbeus Mitchell
  • whiteface was his best cow, and a great favorite with all the children.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Four or five of the other clowns gathered about whiteface, looked up at Jerry and clapped their hands, too.

    The Circus Comes to Town Lebbeus Mitchell
  • Your whiteface has got to feel quite at home in my barn-yard.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Hardly were the words out of his mouth when Jerry was literally placed by the elephant in the arms of whiteface.

    The Circus Comes to Town Lebbeus Mitchell
  • "Yes, here's the money," and whiteface reached for his pocket.

    The Circus Comes to Town Lebbeus Mitchell
  • Tahawus and whiteface are indeed visible from the Saranac waters, but far away, and shorn of much of their grandeur.

  • "whiteface thought of a way that didn't cost any money," replied Jerry.

    The Circus Comes to Town Lebbeus Mitchell
  • It was whiteface, the clown, sitting on his heels right there in front of him!

    The Circus Comes to Town Lebbeus Mitchell

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